Killian's Team USA Experience Cut Short

By Mike Irwin |

Published 07/31 2014 06:07PM

Updated 07/31 2014 07:07PM

Razorback junior right-handed pitcher Trey Killian was looking forward to Team USA's stop in Cuba as the highlight of his summer. "You don't just get to go to Cuba for no reason," he said after being selected to pitch for America's national team. "It's going to be a rare chance to see something not everybody sees."

Unfortunately Killian never got to make the trip. Shortly after arriving in Denmark on the club's European swing Killian started experiencing some tightness in the elbow of his pitching arm. Team doctors quickly examined him and diagnosed the problem as tendonitis. But Arkansas and Team USA head coach Dave Van Horn was taking no chances. He sent Killian back home for further testing.

"It was great having him there," Killian told reporters of Van Horn position on the staff. "He wants me to be ready the season with the Razorbacks so everyone there was real helpful with it. I'm just glad we got back and got it worked on and now everything's good to go."

Good to go after some rest. An MRI revealed no ligament damage but Killian was told to take some time off from throwing while doing some rehab work.

"I'm doing some recovery stuff and some stretching and some strengthening and just kind of giving it a break right now," Killian added.

Van Horn noted that even though Killian only made three appearances with the team he was productive. "His first outing was electric, the head Hog raved. " It was ninety-one, ninety-three. Nothing but strikes. I think he threw four innings. Four or five. Struck out seven or eight guys."

Killian said it was eye opening to be a part of such a solid collection of talent but the best part of the Team USA experience was the chance to spend time with his  coach in a more relaxed situation than what is typical during the college baseball season. "It was good for me because I had someone there that I could talk to," Killian explained. "I didn't really know anybody at first. As the summer went on we started talking more and I think that me and coach Van Horn became a little bit closer over this experience."

Van Horn has said Arkansas' 2014 recruiting class is his best and Killian is anxious to provide some leadership to the talented group of newcomers coming in for the fall semester telling the Razorback Nation, "The upperclassmen, we want to be better leaders than we were last year. Last year we argued maybe a little bit sometimes so I feel it's a leader's job to step up and take care of that."

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